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Rep. Courtney Cosponsors Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Unlawful Emergency Declaration

February 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today announced his support of H.J. Res. 46, a measure introduced in the House of Representatives that would disapprove of President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Congressman Courtney is an original co-sponsor of H.J. Res. 46, which would prevent the Trump Administration from repurposing up to $3.6 billion in federal funds that were previously appropriated on a bipartisan basis for military construction purposes. Courtney joined more than 225 Members of Congress in co-sponsoring the resolution, which could pilfer nearly $2 million from Connecticut National Guard construction funds needed for critical projects such as vehicle maintenance, and the construction of a new aircraft de-icing facility.

H.J. Res. 46 is a privileged resolution that would terminate the emergency declaration under the authority provided in the National Emergencies Act (NEA).  The House will vote on the resolution on Tuesday, after which it will be sent to the Senate where it will receive expedited consideration.  

“I am strongly opposed to the President’s misguided and unlawful plan to misuse emergency powers to pilfer military construction funds to pay for a border wall,” said Congressman Courtney. “It’s a misuse of executive authority, and a dangerous precedent to set. Even the Ranking Republican of the House Armed Services Committee and other senior Armed Services Republicans have said they oppose the President using precious military construction funds this way. 

“That is why I’ve joined as an original co-sponsor of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution which uses the authority provided to Congress to formally disapprove and block the President from carrying out parts of his misguided plan. Tomorrow, the full House of Representatives will vote to pass this critical check on the President’s announcement. As senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will remain focused on maintaining the readiness of our armed forces and ensuring they have the infrastructure they need to keep our country safe.”

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